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A start up Board-Game Cafe in Lakeland, Florida. We need your help building the best game library in the United States.
A start up Board-Game Cafe in Lakeland, Florida. We need your help building the best game library in the United States.
94 backers pledged $3,743 to help bring this project to life.
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What's This All About?

Central Florida has a lot going for it: theme parks, diverse cultures and communities, sandy warm beaches, and year round golf. Yet, it lacks something very important... A Board Game Cafe!

The Game Shelf aims to be Central Florida's premier board game cafe. The Game Shelf will provide an immense library of board games, a diverse menu of delicious food that caters to many diets, a clean and inviting atmosphere, and amazing value.

This is a modicum of the games in our library.
This is a modicum of the games in our library.

What's The Menu Like at The Game Shelf?

Every dish at The Game Shelf has been crafted so that it can be eaten while playing games. This means that classic dishes, like Chicken and Waffles, take on a whole new look and feel.

Chicken and Waffles on a Stick with candied bacon caramel and honey sriracha aioli
Chicken and Waffles on a Stick with candied bacon caramel and honey sriracha aioli

Our menu offers items that cater to all dietary preferences and restrictions. Gluten free? Enjoy a plate of Antipasto Salad Sticks.

Antipasto Salad Sticks
Antipasto Salad Sticks

Vegetarian? You need some Baked Brie Bites with pear paste and roasted walnuts. Oh yeah, there's pineapple-apricot preserves on the side.

Baked Brie Bites
Baked Brie Bites

 Looking for an old classic? Try a plate of Reuben Egg-rolls with 1000 island sauce on the side. 

Reuben Egg-Rolls
Reuben Egg-Rolls

 Looking for a refreshing light snack? You need some Feta Melon Kebabs. 

Feta Melon Kebabs with Prosciutto
Feta Melon Kebabs with Prosciutto

 Now, What About These Board Games?

When some people think about board games they instantly envision Parcheesi and Monopoly. These games are classic and tug hard on our nostalgia strings. However, the board game industry has boomed in the past several years; in fact, board game related companies made $12.9 Billion in 2009. The revenue and interest has only increased.

Board games are no longer cheap toy store trinkets that occupy a rainy afternoon until someone inevitably flips the table, tossing paper money and plastic hotels to the ground. Board games have evolved into full-fledged activities. Groups across the nation meet for weekly game nights. Conventions, with attendance in the tens of thousands, allow for days of nonstop board gaming.

The problem is, board games are EXPENSIVE! Settlers of Catan, one of the most popular games of all time, costs $42.00. If you buy it because Wil Wheaton said to and your game group hates it, you can't get that $42.00 back.

So, the extensive library at The Game Shelf offers patrons an opportunity to play as many games as they wish for as long as they wish for the nominal cost of $5.00. 

That's a lot of games... It would take some serious fiscal irresponsibility to purchase all of these without any forethought.
That's a lot of games... It would take some serious fiscal irresponsibility to purchase all of these without any forethought.

Do I Have To Pay $5.00 Every Time I Visit?

Many people have asked why we have a cover charge to check out our games. Hopefully this video will help clear that up: 

Where is The Game Shelf Located?

The Game Shelf is negotiating with realtors  and representatives of Lakeland's Downtown area. We have a location that is fantastic and ideal! It is our hope that we will be opening our doors this summer! We will update backers and followers on these goings on as we get more information.

Why Are You Raising Money Through KickStarter?

Some people just don't understand the potential Central Florida, specifically Lakeland, has to offer. In fact, when mentioning this project to some we are instantly given raised eyebrows and knowing headshakes . "It's a dull place." "No gamers live there." "No one in that area will get it." These are all things we have heard from various naysayers. 

Those negative folk may be right. But, we're just to stubborn to listen. KickStarter gives us an opportunity to prove those folks wrong and let the future patrons of The Game Shelf show how much Central Florida wants, nay needs, a Board Game Cafe. 

KickStarter allows us an opportunity to get objective facts and figures that gauge community interest on our project. These numbers, in addition to the funds raised here, give us the definitive proof potential investors or banks will need to help us accrue any remaining funds we may need to finalize The Game Shelf.

What Do I Get When I Pledge?

This video will hopefully clear up any questions about that: 

And, this video explains our $1+ pledge level goal:

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for The Game Shelf is not finding our target market.
Board games have become a very lucrative field and restaurants will always be able to stay afloat. However, if the community doesn't know about The Game Shelf, it will fail.

To ensure that we do not fall into obscurity The Game Shelf will be highly active on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). We will also be contributing to the board game community at large by posting reviews, interviews, product demos, event announcements, and other content on YouTube and BoardGameGeek.com.

These activities will ensure we are known throughout the internet. However, YouTube videos do not ensure a local presence. So, to help remind the community of Central Florida of its premier board game cafe, we will have daily menu specials and host bi-weekly events.
The specials will allow guests to try new items that will vanish at the end of the day.
These events will vary from simple tournaments to store wide games involving soft-dart guns.
There will always be something going on at The Game Shelf.

Also, The Game Shelf will be the Independent Game Alliance's Florida leadership home base. We will host designers, publishers, and enthusiasts of board games that are currently and constantly contributing to the collection of cardboard celebration we call board games.
We'll also have access to games that are yet to be released, for demo purposes. Granting even the most jaded gamer, with a collection unrivaled, access to games they cannot find anywhere else.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    We know that not everyone that backs The Game Shelf will be visiting. So, this pledge bonus is for you!

    What do backers who give a dollar or more get? Why the same thing our $50 backers get, sort of.

    When the campaign is through, we will put the names of EVERYONE who selected this pledge level's name on a game.
    Everyone's name on one game!?! Yes.
    Which game?
    All the names will be placed on a game whose value equals the number of backers who selected this level in USD.

    (So, if 20 backers select this reward, all their names go on a copy of Monopoly. 40, Settlers of Catan. 120, Cthulhu Wars.)

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    You get a free bottomless gourmet popcorn bowl on your first visit!

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    Your first visit to The Game Shelf is on us.
    No cover charge for your first visit.

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    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Your first visit and first bite are on the house.

    No charge on your first visit & a bottomless popcorn bowl.

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    You get to play with your food for free on your first visit.

    No cover charge on your first visit & one free entree.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    You bought us a game and everyone who plays it will know!

    Your name is placed on a game in our library permanently.

    Also, You get everything on the $25 dollar pledge level

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    You just bought us TWO games! So, you get to pick a game for the library.

    Select one game to be in the library and have your name permanently inscribed on it.

    Also, You get everything on the $25 dollar pledge level

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    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    You just bought us FOUR games!

    Select two games to be in the library and have your name permanently inscribed on both.

    Also, You get everything on the $25 dollar pledge level

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    This pledge level shows you will be spending a lot of time at The Game Shelf. Let us make that time as amazing as possible.

    You get a free 1-year membership card ($120 value)

    A free game table, to be personalized by you ($40 value)

    Two games of your choice will be in the library and have your name permanently inscribed on them.

    Also, a guest of yours pays no cover charge on their first visit and you both get a free entree.

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